The Hymns and Carols of Christmas

Ye Faithful, With Gladness

Words: "Adeste Fideles," Verses 1-4, John Francis Wade (c. 1711-1786), circa 1743 / 4

Free translation by the Rt. Rev. Hugh T. Henry, Litt. D., L. L.D, 1920
Other Translations: Adeste, Fideles Translations

Music: "Adeste Fideles," John Francis Wade (c. 1711-1786), circa 1743 (or 1744).
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Meter: Irregular

Source: Nicola A. Montani, ed., The St. Gregory Hymnal And Catholic Choir Book. Philadelphia: St. Gregory Guild, 1940, #4, pp. 4-5.

See: Notes on Adeste Fideles

1. Ye faithful, with gladness,
Banishing all sadness,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem!
See to us given,
Christ, the King of Heaven!

While angels hover o'er Him,
And shepherds kneel before Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Lord and King!

2. Dear Mary, His Mother,
Gives to us as Brother
The Lord whom the angels are worshipping:
God the eternal,
Light of Light supernal! Chorus

3. Again sounding o'er us,
Let the Angel-chorus
The anthem of gladness and triumph sing;
"Glory be given
To the Lord of Heaven!" Chorus

4. Our voices now blending
With their songs unending,
All-joyful, dear Jesus, Thy glory sing.
Be our endeavor
Thus to praise Thee ever! Chorus

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